It was never going to be a sprint royale with most of the sprinters, and previous winners on the Champs-Elysées already watching on TV at home. But it was the last chance for the few real sprinters who had not won anything, namely Kristoff. Colbrelli is more like Sagan, not a pure speed sprinter, so it looked like it would be a battle between Demare and the Norwegian. Kristoff saved his tour and season, in the same way Robbie McEwan saved his career back in 1999, by winning on the Champs-Elysées. Degankolb came in for 2nd with Demare taking third.
It was a day of celebration for Geraint Thomas and Sky as they won their 6th tour and the first with a proper Brit. Thomas looked totally bemused in the interviews before the final stage as he came to grips with the enormity of what he had done. For Sky it was the perfect result as it took the heat of them. If Froome had won, the boos would have probably echoed down the grand boulevards of Paris. But G is a popular winner, no TUE’s in his palmares…
Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit. I have tried to be witty in my posts by quoting the great Oscar Wilde every day. Special mention to Gags for picking it up early on and quoting back at me a couple of times. Chapeau!
Normally with the competition I drag it out over a couple of days, build the suspense. But the only suspense is am I going to get fired if I don’t get my preparation done for a conference next week! So this post will contain all the results and will build the suspense as I process the results. I will show the top 10 and bottom 5 as the points are allocated.
Stage 21 results
After the final stage there was no change at the top with Sam Green Machine and Snicko 2 holding on to the top 2 spots, although newcomer Team Read Eye muscled her way into the top 3. Bottom 2 remained the same With Thye Jazz Singer and Mrs Cookie looking solid, but a late change for the bottom coming from LJ. Big mover mention goes to Gobi Bill up 81 places, bit late to be starting a run I think.
|Ranked scores after stage 21|
|1||1||—||Sam Green Machine||1353|
|3||5||↑2||Team Red Eye||1185|
|9||28||↑19||Mrs Sagan 2||1066|
|10||12||↑2||Mrs Green Machine||1059|
|278||279||↑1||Give him some Froome!||217|
|281||281||—||The Jazz Singer||180|
Polka Dot Jersey
The first of the jerseys to have points allocated will be the Polka Dot or mountains jersey. No change at the top with Sam Green Machine looking solid. A general reshuffling below with Spunker being the new entry into the top 10. The cellar dwellers look solid as well with no movement from the bottom 2.
|Ranked scores after stage PD|
|1||1||—||Sam Green Machine||1445|
|5||10||↑5||Mrs Green Machine||1323|
|8||3||↓5||Team Red Eye||1185|
|277||274||↓3||Orange Cycle Lady 1||240|
|279||278||↓1||Give him some Froome!||217|
|281||281||—||The Jazz Singer||180|
On to the Green jersey points. Finally a change at the top, and the bottom! However Mrs Green Machine just takes over from daughter Sam Green Machine. two new entries into the top 10 with Chuck Charity 8 and Keep your Pecker up. The Jazz Singer finally relinquishes control of the Lantern Rouge thanks to Greg Van Avermaet and Thomas Boudat. It doesn’t take many points to change positions near the bottom. Mrs Cookie takes the opportunity to hit rock bottom but is closely followed by Give him some Froome!
|Ranked scores after stage G|
|1||5||↑4||Mrs Green Machine||1505|
|2||1||↓1||Sam Green Machine||1481|
|9||12||↑3||Chuck Charity 8||1291|
|10||19||↑9||Keep your pecker up||1266|
|278||281||↑3||The Jazz Singer||248|
|280||279||↓1||Give him some Froome!||217|
Now the big one, with points allocated for the top 20. This is the jersey that normally has the biggest effect on the competition. So after briefly being knocked off the top, Sam Green Machine moves back into the lead to take out the competition, with Mrs Green Machine fading to 4th. Buskers 3 came from outside the top 10 to slip into 2nd place in the comp and a resurgent Snicko 2 moves back onto the podium. three big movers to move into the prize money were Cat Six 3, Saint Meg and Rainbird coming from outside the top 20 to move into the top 7. At the bottom The Jazz Singer, who looked like a shoe in disappeared out of the top 5 thanks to Ilnur Zakarin. The bottom three stayed the same with Mrs Cookie holding on for the big dollars, followed closely by Give him some Froome and LJ.
A note will follow with the prize money allocations and the results of the team prize as well.
|Ranked scores after stage Y|
|1||2||↑1||Sam Green Machine||2061|
|4||1||↓3||Mrs Green Machine||1805|
|5||21||↑16||Cat Six 3||1707|
|280||280||—||Give him some Froome!||217|
Many thanks to everyone for taking part. It’s all about the charity and the fun, so thanks for allowing me to entertain myself, and hopefully make a small difference in the lives of a few children.